Who cries for Burma? Not Malaysia, not Asean

Roshan Jason | May 23, 08                                                                                        Malaysiakini /letters

 I refer to the Malaysiakini report No regrets in supporting Burma to join Asean.

I cannot help but be appalled at_

  • the ignorance and insensitivity of the Malaysian government_
  • when it comes to the humanitarian – and political – crisis surrounding Burma.
  • Malaysia has displayed an extreme lack of awareness to the reality of the situation in a country which has been ruled by various brutal military dictators for the past 46 years.
  • In displaying no regrets when supporting a military regime that_
  • has no qualms about allowing its citizens to needlessly suffer the after-effects of a natural disaster,
  • Malaysia has proven that it does not care for the welfare of the people in Burma – ‘a close neighbour’.

Burma is what it is today – no different, if not worse than 10 years ago when it joined Asean – because of government representatives like our Deputy Foreign Minister Abdul Rahim Bakri. Continue reading

Myanmar agrees to allow in “all” aid workers: Ban


Fri May 23, 2008


NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar’s Senior General Than Shwe agreed on Friday to let in “all” aid workers to help the 2.4 million survivors of Cyclone Nargis, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said after meeting him.

“He has agreed to allow all aid workers,” said Ban, who is on a mission to convince the reclusive military government to permit more foreign relief expertise three weeks after the cyclone struck, leaving nearly 134,000 dead or missing.

Asked if this was a breakthrough, Ban said: “I think so.”


                                             (Reporting by Patrick Worsnip; Editing by Grant McCool)

Myanmar Cyclone photo album from Reuters Part 6




A woman sits at her destroyed home in a village hit by Cyclone Nargis, outside of Yangon May 20, 2008.


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Cyclone Nargis survivors ousted from shelters in Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — With few places to seek refuge, the wooden schoolhouse seemed as good as anywhere.Though its roof was partially blown off by Cyclone Nargis, and panels were ripped from its walls, hundreds of people swarmed here after the storm.Now the government has forced them out to make space for a weekend vote on a new pro-military constitution — a referendum delayed in parts of Myanmar because of the deadly cyclone.

“The school will be used as a polling station,” said Sandar, a teacher who refused to give her last name. “We needed people to leave.”

“Most of them set up temporary bamboo huts,” Sandar said Wednesday. Like most people in Myanmar, she did not want to be fully identified because the government dislikes people talking to the press. Continue reading

Malaise in our public hospitals Pt 2

Malaise in our public hospitals Pt 2

Malaysiakini article by Ahmad Sobri | May 23, 08

The Narayana Hrudayalaya center is primarily the brain child of Devi Shetty who initially trained at Guys Hospital in London where Philip Deverall, a British pioneering and innovative paediatric heart surgeon was based. He has no formal postgraduate cardiac qualifications unlike most Indian cardiac surgeons. However, apart from the thousands of cases he has carried out, he has conducted hundreds of seminars, wrote innumerable papers, created many training programs and of course built and managed quite a few heart hospitals.

Devi Shetty is living proof that clinical and operative skills may not necessarily be congruent to academic qualifications, something our local MMC (Malaysian Medical Council) should wake up to. Dedication and commitment could be far more valuable factors. In fact in all likelihood; Devi Shetty might not even get a job if he applies for one at the MOH as his qualifications would have been deemed by our “elite” council members as “not recognised”

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Myanmar military rulers cannot extend Suu Kyi’s arrest: lawyer


WASHINGTON (AFP) — Myanmar’s military rulers have no legal authority to extend democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi’s house arrest when the detention order expires at the weekend, her lawyer said Thursday.

The Nobel peace prize winner will complete her fifth year of house arrest under Myanmar law on midnight Saturday and some experts expect the junta, struggling to cope with the aftermath of a deadly cyclone, to extend her arrest by another year. Continue reading

Maradona: ‘Set Her Free!’

One Friday, legendary football star Diego Maradona will join a host of other celebrities, from Hollywood actors to spiritual leaders, calling for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s pro-democracy icon.

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At least 11 NLD members arrested in Rangoon

May 22, 2008 (DVB)–Police officers from the Ministry of Interior and local authorities arrested more than 10 National League for Democracy members in Rangoon early morning today. 

NLD spokesperson U Nyan Win told DVB that as many as 13 NLD members may have been arrested but the party was only able to collect 11 names.

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Ban Ki-moon to meet Burma leader

British Broadcasting Corporation

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Mr Ban visited the

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is to meet with Burma’s military leader, Gen Than Shwe, after touring cyclone-hit areas of the country.

On a tour of the Irrawaddy Delta, Mr Ban flew over flooded rice fields and destroyed villages and visited a relief camp set up by the government.

Mr Ban said his mission was to urge the Burma’s rulers to accept more aid. Continue reading